Sometimes, it seems like there is this feeling of I went to school so I know what a teacher does. I went to school and even college to be a teacher, but it wasn’t until I had my own class that I realized the impact of missing assignments.
Here’s a typical scenario that many of you can relate to:
Your week is full of meetings, more meetings, planning for lessons, teaching the lessons, and family stuff. Meanwhile your stack of paperwork is growing higher. On Friday, you throw the pile in your favorite teacher bag. Or if the stack of papers to grade is really high, you put it in your rolling cart.
I did not buy one of these carts until I had taught for a few years. I wished I would have purchased it much earlier. It would have saved me many trips to my car.
You dread grading all weekend because you know the amount of time it will take. On Sunday, you finally sit down prepared to get the task down. Then you discover that some of your students did not turn in their work. There are different reasons for this:
- Students was absent when the assignment was given.
- Assignment was lost in the student’s Bermuda Triangle desk.
- Assignment is left in student’s homework folder.
- Student left assignment at home.
- Student lost his/her assignment.
Now more time will be spent:
- Asking student for assignment.
- Student looking for assignment in desk, folder, locker, or backpack.
- Finding or making copies of missing assignment(s) for students who no longer have a copy of it.
- Asking for assignments again and again.